Maine Track and Field Gets In One More Tune-Up Before Conference Indoor Championship
ORONO, Maine – As the Maine track and field teams come down the homestretch of indoor track and field season, both the men and women's squads were able to get in one final tune-up before conference indoor championships next week. The Black Bears squared off with the University of New Hampshire on Saturday, competing in dual meets vs the Wildcats at the New Balance Track and Field facility in Orono, Maine.
On the men's side Jake Leithiser followed up a strong meet last week with another season-best mark in the 400-meter dash, coming in first overall with a mark of 49.21. The new mark is .37 seconds faster than his previous campaign-best of 49.58.
Tristan Wortman also recorded a season-best time in the 60-meter hurdle event, posting a final time of 8.53 seconds, .05 seconds faster than his previous high.
In field events it was Tyler Martin who improved upon his season mark in the high jump. Martin finished with a final height of 1.95m (6-04.75), .02 meters higher than his highest jump this season.
Devin Burgess also impressed in the pole vault, improving upon his mark of 4.41m he recorded earlier in the year reaching a final height of 4.45m (14-07.25), with his first-place finish.
James Reed recorded several more first-place finishes for the season, starting first with the 60-meter dash, with a time of 6.99, as he Daniel Roukey (7.16), took first and second, respectively. Reed then saw action in the long jump, once again taking first with a final distance of 6.66m (21-10.25).
Connor Harris tallied another one of Maine's top-finishes in the triple jump coming in first with a final mark of 13.40, while Brian Woodbury took the top-spot in the shot put with a distance of 15.31 (50-02.75).
Wilson Adams nearly topped his pervious best and school record in the weight throw, registering a mark of 19.07m (62-06.75), just .01 meter away from his own top mark.
On the women's side a pair of notable finishes netted season-best marks as Shannon O'Neil and Ashley Donohoe both improved upon their top-season performances.
O'Neil excelled in the 400m, finishing first with a final time of 1:00.81 besting her previous top-mark of 1:00.91. Meanwhile Donohoe recorded her new best in the shot put with a mark of 12.49m (40-11.75) and fist-place finish.
The Black Bear women's team boasted six more first place finishes starting with Ashten Hackett in the 200m. Hackett topped all nine entrants with a time of 26.22 seconds, while Jaclyn Masters and Jessica McCarthy finished second and third, respectively.
Rachel Wilkinson topped her competitors in the mile run coming in with a final time of 5:09.10 as she bested two Wildcats who finished second and third to round out the top 3.
The Black Bears split the relays on the women's side losing out to New Hampshire in the 4x400 but winning the 4x800. Darien Lewis, Ashton Weiler, Naomi Holzhauer and Wilkinson took home top-honors in the event with a time of 10:08.13.
Grace MacLean's performance was one of the Black Bears highlights in field events, taking first in the high jump with a final height of 1.60m (5-03.00). Meanwhile in pole vault, Masters once again excelled taking first with a mark of 3.10m (10-02.00).
Robyn McFetters capped off the throwing events as she reeled in yet another first place finish, coming in with a mark of 15.62m (51-03.00).
The Black Bears will now ready themselves for the America East indoor tournament slated for Feb. 23 and 24 at the New Balance Track & Field Center at the Armory, in New York City. More information will be posted at the America East website and GoBlackBears.com early next week.